WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- UNCW art students will now have the opportunity to sell their work alongside local artists and get a foot in the door to the art world before graduation. The university announced today it will be home to a yearly art show. It's a community partnership that will allow students to participate.
"It will just open up doors and get my name out there in the art world," UNCW art major Saralyn Earp said
Earp is just one of many UNCW art students who can sell their art with along with other local artists at an art show on campus starting this fall. The university announced it will be the permanent host of the annual Art for the Masses show.
"It's a perfect collaboration with faculty and students with the art community," said Jenni Harris, UNCW's assistant to the chancellor for community partnership.
Art for the Masses was run by Creative Wilmington, but that non-profit organization is no longer in operation. The agreement with UNCW will help breathe new life into the sale, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
"They can think outside the box," Harris said. "They can kick start new ideas, and that's what art does for them, and that's what this partnership is going to do in the long term."
Earp said, "I already work at Project Art Gallery downtown on 3rd and Castle, so I know a lot of people in the art world already, but this makes it a little bit easier."
The university benefits, too. Donations collected at Art for the Masses could go toward things like funding a visiting lecturer, buying art for display on campus or funding a student public art project on campus.
The tenth annual Art for the Masses is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, at UNCW.